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This was my 5th Lisa Gardner book and I've enjoyed them all. I'm not sure how I heard of her, maybe just seeing here reviews here on audible. I don't frequent bookstores much anymore but when I have I do see her books on the bestseller lists so she must be doing pretty well. As good a writer as she is, I'm sure she is. The author comes up with some evil characters and this one was no different. Set in New England, centered in Boston, this story is a pyschologoical thriller that keeps you turning the pages. I got through this one pretty qucikly. If you've never tried Lisa Gardner, I highly recommend her.
Life is great!
Yes, I was kept on the edge of my seat! This story was in many ways unique, how can someone really think they know the day they will die when they've prepared for it in so many ways? Who and why could be killing off her friends and want her to be next? I kept thinking I knew, only to be let down by finding I hadn't figured it out. And really, knowing what you know or think you know how could there really be an unexpected ending after all?
This is the first time I've listened to a performance by Kirsten Potter and I really enjoyed it. She tricks your mind into thinking you are really hearing different people talk and think. It won't be my last, as I did enjoy it and tend to consider the narrator when I am choosing my next purchase.
I highly recommend this book to other mystery and suspense lovers out there!
It was pretty good and interesting. I thought the information about abuse was good. The story line held to its mystery.
Yes, because some behaviors were not characteristic.
Cat and mouse game, but you are not really sure who is who. Nice plot, excellent narrator, disturbing facts about pedofiles network.
I didn't read the print version.
When the bells and whistles went off in my head and I figured out who the killer was. Very exciting twist.
No, I haven't, but if I see her listed as the narrator, I will be more inclined to listen.
The only thing that I didn't like about this book was that Jessie's story was not fully developed, I don't like to be left wondering.
Yes, it worked really well on an emotional and human relationship level. It would have been a perfect story except many of the procedural aspects were simply wrong or so implausible that they made me cringe. Nevertheless, even with the flaws I gave the story a four out of five, and Kirsten Potter's performance made up for any plot holes.
The emotional weight of the story and the superb characterizations by both Lisa Gardner and Kirsten Potter.
The way she captured the inner life of the characters.
It did not make me cry, but it did make my eyes mist a bit a couple of times.
A likeable character. Detective Warren is suffering from lack of sleep due to having a newborn...ah duh, since people's lives, not to mention their freedom depend on clear thinking police, don't you think she should have taken a leave of absence if she couldn't handle it? In real life, I'd like to see someone like that have their badge pulled. Lisa Gardner committed a cardinal "sin" of writing when she had Det. Warren cross the line by allowing her fellow cop to verbally abuse a woman who had been previously abused (horrifically!) as a child and had come to Det. Warren for help.The abuse handed out was painful; I kept thinking, "Charlie had been physically and mentally abused by her mom and these cops were demanding that she explained why, at 8 years old, she didn't "save" her siblings from their nutso mom????"I mean, how is the reader supposed to love the protagonist after being put thru a chapter like that? And yeah, I know Det. Warren got angrry after, but is the reader supposed to forgive the "heroine" if she complained about her co-worker beating up someone AFTER the beating? I am sorry but abuse is abuse, physical OR mental.
I actually did try to give Lisa Gardner another chance as I wanted a series of books to buy/spend my credits on and settled on a book readers seem to like "Love you more". Unfortunately, same cop, same insensitivity. Why don't writers understand, a female doesn't have to be a b*tch to be tough?
It's actually Kirsten Potter's performance in another book that brought me to this one. She has a passion in her voice that makes you believe the story.
Anger and frustration. I was screaming at the audible book and would have thrown it against something if it had been a real book.
They say that a person's writing shows the secrets of their soul, if so, Lisa Gardner must have some deep dark desire to abuse, rush to judgment, and never apologize for being wrong for that is exactly how she portrays the "good" cop in this book.
mom of 2 in az
I've been a huge Lisa Gardner fans for years, but this was my first "listen" to one of her books. It won't be the last. Kirsten Potter used exactly the tone and inflections that I hear in my head when I read Gardner's books.
Yes, the books are formulaic, but the individual characters in them are leads I've gotten to know and love, and subjects that I can care about. Their stories find a way to blend current issues (Internet predators this time), sympathetic victims, and a touch of warped criminal mind that keeps me turning pages and wondering whodunnit. I kept going back and forth between 3 different outcomes from the third chapter!
The build-up of suspense in Gardner's novels is amazing. The psychology of the books especially pulls me in.. trying to figure out who sane and who is not. It's always a surprise!